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Old 03-18-2008   #1
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Rafting pumphouse @ 550 cfs

My wife and I just bought a raft and were wondering what the pumphouse section might be like this time of year at these flows? I have never done it that low befor and don't realy know what to expect. Will I be able to get a 14' raft down it? eye of needle, yarmony. I am not sure how wide the river is at these areas but from what I remember it didn't seem to be that wide. I also don't want my wife to freak out if we high center on some rocks. Thanks a bunch, hopefully it is a go, but if not we can always kayak first then raft. Thats what I said

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Old 03-18-2008   #2
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During the droughts back in '02 - 03 we were running it down to 400. At 550 you may still have to drag the boat off a rock or two. If you go anytime soon it may be ice bridges/dams you have to worry about more than rocks. If you really want to get on the water now, check out Glenwood Canyon, launching at either Shoshone or if you're just getting the hang of the oars, from Grizzley Creek to Two Rivers Park just below the Roaring Fork confluence or float to South Canyon.

Have fun and stay warm!


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Old 03-18-2008   #3
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Check out Ruby/Horsethief section, lots warmer down there, easy trip to practice on.
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Old 03-19-2008   #4
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How long does Ruby/Horsethief take to raft?
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Old 03-19-2008   #5
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It can be done in 2 days but it's nice to stretch it out to 3.
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